Last week, it was announced that the U.S. Department of Education would be temporarily shutting down colleges and universities in order to save money on higher education.
The move, the largest of its kind in U.C.L.A.’s history, was aimed at slashing spending on programs that could not be duplicated at private institutions.
Now, the Department of Homeland Security is warning of a similar move in order for private schools to be able to comply with new rules.
The DHS said it had sent a letter to colleges and university presidents warning them of the potential for federal funding cuts and the potential that the schools could not maintain the quality of their programs.
The letter also urged them to implement a plan to reduce student debt in a way that “would not result in the shutdown of schools.”
At least one prominent university president has already called on the U,C.I.L.’s president, Mark A. Prentice, to resign.
As part of the shutdown, students have been barred from taking classes or taking exams.
But the government says the new rule could be used to shut down some campuses, including the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The government is worried about how the rule could affect student access to courses.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, one of the leading voices in the fight against the rule, Andrew F. Kennedy, the executive director of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, warned that if the schools cannot continue to maintain their programs, the government will likely be forced to cut funding for them.
“This is the first time in the last 15 years that we’ve seen the government shut down universities,” he said.
The shutdown comes as the Trump administration is pushing to roll back many of the most recent regulations issued by the Obama administration, including rules for colleges and their employees to comply more fully with federal financial aid regulations.
President Trump is expected to sign a bill this week that would repeal many of these rules and make them even more burdensome.
In the meantime, the Trump White House is also pushing to weaken or repeal a rule that was put in place by the George W. Bush administration to allow states to ban certain kinds of abortions.